Mexico, 20 Jan 2015. Mexico had the honor of hosting the 1st High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (1HLM), which took place in Mexico City on April 15 and 16, 2014. Building on the legacy of the 4 previous forums on aid effectiveness, the 1HLM provided a space for advancing, through an innovative and dynamic format, some of the issues and concerns arising from those forums.

Online, 14 Jan 2015. Every year, a significant proportion of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Annual losses have been estimated at about 1.3 billion tonnes by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO 2011). In light of rising food prices, widespread food insecurity and growing pressure on natural resources, avoidable food loss and waste is not acceptable. The world’s natural resources – such as its soil, water, fossil fuels and nutrients – are limited and must be used in a more efficient and responsible manner.

Online, 14 Jan 2015. Globally an estimated 1.3 billion metric tonnes of food are lost or wasted every year; 30 per cent of the total food produced, varying among regions and crops (FAO, 2011). Significant reductions in Food loss and waste would increase the amount of Food available for human consumption and enhance global food security. Moreover, yields lost at farmer level constitute a loss of income and contribute to rural poverty. The issue of food losses is therefore of crucial importance in the efforts to combat hunger, raise incomes and improve food security in the world’s poorest countries.

Online, 9 Jan 2015. Effective the 1 January the French government decided to merge six technical assistance agencies. The aim of the merger is to improve the effectiveness of French technical assistance by giving partners one single contact. This way the government aims to increase the value and Efficiency of French assistance in the world.

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